When it comes to picking out the right handle for your stick, there are a number of factors to consider. Although it ultimately comes down to personal preference, most manufacturers design their handles with a particular player type in mind. Besides the distinct differences in a defensive and offensive shaft, some of the key features that classify which handle is best suited for a particular position are; shape, grip and strength. In some cases, flex also plays a meaningful role in deciding which handle best suits your game.
For a midfielder their main priority when picking out a shaft is weight. Midfielders will need to carry their stick up and down the field countless times so it is important that your stick doesn’t weigh you down. This fact is played out in our 2016 picks for midfielders as most alloy handles are composed of a scandium material versus a scandium-titanium blend that may weight slightly more. Carbon fiber handles thus provide a fantastic alternative to the traditional alloy shaft as they are specifically designed to not only off a lightweight feel but an added flex to give the midfielder increased torque on their outside shots.
Listed below are a few of the top shafts for 2016 that fit the bill for a midfielder. You’ll notice a blend of scandium alloy handles and carbon fiber that are sure to improve the game of any midfielder.
The new Gen. 6 Dragonfly from Epoch was ergonomically designed for players who want fingertip control and a superior overall shaft balance. That is accomplished with their new Torque Box technology that guarantees a consistent playing experience. Midfielders are more likely to be the ones on field taking outside shots so the IQ9 flex version, their highest level of flex, will then maximize the energy transfer giving you more power behind your shot.
As a midfielder racing up and down the field, your overall speed and quickness as a player is drastically important to gaining and maintaining possessions. That is why Maverik design the Apollo, the lightest handle in their arsenal with a new Speed Shape to assist those players in making lightning fast plays. Usually lighter shafts bring on concerns of strength, but with their Dynamic Wall Taper added reinforced material in key areas on the shaft, you’ll leave those worries in the dust.
The new STX Duel SC is a lightweight scandium alloy shaft that is great for any midfielder but constructed to work directly with the Duel U head as the games first complete face-off specific stick. At the top of the shaft, STX engineered a new Clamp Profile that is distinctly colored bright green that provides extra grip and more control for your top hand while grinding out at the X. This handles then also features a second screw hole on the side to help lock in the Duel U head for even more control and stability.
Although Warrior has produced a carbon fiber handle in the past, the new AXYSYM technology in the EVO AX1 sets this handle apart from anything out there. This exclusive construction uses compression and stretch fibers to allow the shaft to load and release while limited the side to side bend. This system ultimately gives the player more torque on their shot while maintaining a consistent shape.
Brine has produced a slew of scandium alloy shafts through the years that have proven to be extremely dependable and lightweight. Their new Swizz SC builds on that history by increasing the overall strength of the shaft 3x while also reducing the weight. This new handle also utilizes Brine’s new Control Die shape for ultimate control.
When they joined the game, adidas announced that their main goal with all of their equipment is to make the player faster. They do just that with their Tracer T1L shaft which is made of an aerospace grade alloy material that provides unmatched stick control with ideal flex.
Now that you’ve read through our list of 2016’s best shafts for midfielders, let us know what you think below in the comments.